One of our wedding gifts was a pair of brass candlesticks that we decided to place in Wayne’s office. When I saw how nice they looked I wanted to keep an eye out for others knowing they add a romantic touch to winter. It’s always a difficult mental and emotional transition in November when the sun sets before 4:30 p.m. so natural light is a gift. Then, a few weeks ago at an estate sale I saw vintage brass and hand blown glass candlesticks on the floor and mantle of the home’s fireplace! I made a beeline and bought all of them for only $40. (It was also Wayne’s first ever estate sale with me since he used to work Saturdays until recently which makes them extra special.) As a wedding gift to ourselves we completed them by ordering a beautiful selection of beeswax candles made in the U.S.A. to replace the cheap and toxic paraffin tapers in use.
When paraffin burns it releases toluene and benzene.
Like all New Englanders we button up our house this time of year so it’s really important that we not add pollutants into our home. Besides being a healthier alternative the scent of beeswax is like light honey and summer sunshine: natural aromatherapy!
In addition to tapers and tea lights we treated ourselves to “beehive” holiday votives scented only with natural oils. They are very fragrant and don’t make me sneeze the way synthetically scented candles do.
The sanctuary candle reminds me of church so it helps me feel centered.
The “Taper Tacky” works really well. I just rolled the bottom of the tapers around in it before placing them in the holders.
Because the brass candlesticks are pretty tall I liked the way they looked on the floor at the estate and did the same.
We’re going to wait until December to light the scented holiday candles.
I placed some fairy lights in the fireplace.
I put the hand blown glass candlesticks in my office with some partially burned tapers in them. I’m not going to light them, though; they are for an artful display only although I may place some LED tapers in them since they are so close to my drapes.
When checking out for my online purchase I typed in a gift message for Wayne to see when it arrived. It was a nice touch that Big Dipper wrote it out on card stock with an inked bee, however it kind of looks like a mini Rorschach ink blot: I can see a bee or butterfly…or cloth eating moth or vampire bat! OK, so I still have some issues with November, but adding candlelight safely definitely helps the longer nights shine inside.